September 2008

slap shot newmanMuch has been written about Paul Newman since his passing this past weekend. Many of the newspaper biographies I’ve read focused on his love of racing, his charity work, and his compassion. Some even suggested that he loved those other things more than acting. Well, this Top 10 list is about his enormous contribution to movies.

Newman had the classic good looks of a movie star, but looked for more in a role than whatever the popular trend of the day was. Here are 10 movies that would not have been the same without him.

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Yeah, I’ve been a No-Show Ned these last few days, so I’m taking a moment to explain why that’s the case – Last week the advance team for Casa del Mono (ie, the wife and myself) was canvassing Kansas City for the new location of Fort Awesome (soon to be not), OH. Nothing says ‘fun’ like racking up some 270 miles or so within city limits.

Secondly, I’ve been in full-on political junkie mode. This election (combined with our economic meltdown) has easily been the most engaging (and sometimes infuriating) election cycle in my memory, and rather than relentlessly pass on my apparently ceaseless well of ire and exasperation via any of the innumerable news-bytes or video clips I can’t seem to escape, I’m opting to just just ease off posting until things calm down a bit.

That’s not to say I shan’t be posting at all, but it will be a bit sporadic barring some explosion of awesome new content out there. Dutch West, Invisible Engine, and Summer of Tears can consider that a none-too-subtle hint. Team Tiger Awesome is already rocking face on new content with Pizza Robot and some sweet, sweet newness still in the pipe.

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G'night Paul Newman

by alphamonkey on September 27, 2008 · 0 comments

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Paul Newman 1925 - 2008Hollywood legend Paul Newman succumbed to his battle with cancer yesterday, thus extinguishing one of the most revered stars in the Hollywood sky.

For me, Newman was my favorite iteration of the archetypal outsider – at turns impish and deadly serious, cool and collected, and just generally the guy you wanted on your side of the fight. Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, The Sting, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, Slap Shot… The man was just a big part of my cinematic childhood.

And in later years I was always taken aback reading about his charitable efforts, such as donating all the profits from Newman’s Own to various charities and organizations, but much of my admiration came from being in Kansas City during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (which seemed to use my entire junior year class as extras at one point or another.). I had an opportunity to meet both Newman and the wonderful Joanne Woodward during the shoot, and they were among the most gracious and accessible actors I’ve ever encountered.

The man was a class act, and I for one am sad to see him go.

G’night, Paul Newman.

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Movies x5

by alphamonkey on September 26, 2008 · 0 comments

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Hey folks, your pals over at RazorFine have 5 (yes that’s FIVE!) new movie reviews for you today including Shia running from baddies, a new family film shot in Kansas City, three soldiers taking a road trip, a man with a Choking problem (and several others), and the latest from Spike Lee. Simply click on each poster to read the review!

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Our Fall Preview continues as your pals at RazorFine keep you up to date on the new and returning shows to that idiot box we affectionately refer to as television. Check out what’s on tap over the next seven days including the return of some Showtime favorites, some housewives (who I hear are desperate), more mayhem in Springfield and the emergency room, a girl (and a guy) named Chuck, and much, much more! Click here, or the tube above, for the entire list!

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Dolls and Playlists

by alphamonkey on September 25, 2008 · 0 comments

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Your pals over at RazorFine have a pair of quick music reviews for you today. Check out what we’ve got to say about the Pussycat Dolls second album Doll Domination and the Official Soundtrack to Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist (and make sure you come back next Friday for our review of the film too). Just click on the cover art to read the reviews.

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Season Premieres

by alphamonkey on September 25, 2008 · 0 comments

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Are you keeping up with the new fall TV schedule? Missed a premiere or two?
Not to fret, your pals at RazorFine have got you covered with another slew of season premieres all ready for you including House, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, CSI: Miami, the two-episode season intro to Heroes, and an early premiere of Chuck which won’t see the airwaves until next week. Simply click here or on the set to watch the action!

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Comic Rack

by alphamonkey on September 24, 2008 · 0 comments

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http://www.razorfine.com/images/uploads/comic_book_89a.jpgHmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Vertigo, Dynamite Entertainment, Archie, and Image Comics.

This week includes Archie, Batman: Gotham After Midnight, Daredevil, Green Lantern, Hulk, Jack of Fables, Jughead, Sonic X, Superman, Wolverine: Origins, Youngblood, Zorro, the first issues of Back to Brooklyn, Dead Ahead, My Name is Bruce, Samurai Legend, Solomon Kane, and the final issues of Hellboy: The Crooked Man and Supernatural: Rising Son.

Enjoy issue #89

Or, if graphic novels are more your thing, check out the latest releases here.

Plus, in honor of Barry Allen’s return, check out our review for The Life Story of The Flash!

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Football and Daisies

by alphamonkey on September 24, 2008 · 0 comments

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Looking for something to pop into the old DVD player? Check out our new review for George Clooney and Renee Zellweger in Leatherheads and our review of the complete first season of Pushing Daisies. Just click on the pics to read the reviews!

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Pizza Robot: Requiem

by alphamonkey on September 22, 2008 · 0 comments

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Last time, the street lost a hero when Banana Gorilla brutally gunned down Pizza Robot. Now it’s up to Steppin’ Tron to pick up the pieces…


Pizza Robot from Team Tiger Awesome on Vimeo.

The ninth greatest story ever told continues…. Check it out.

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